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Aquinas High School

Private | 9-12 | 408 students

Academics, Athletics, iPad program, wonderful students

 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $109,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $870.

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Posted May 9, 2014

This school is a joke! Do not waste your children's academics and your money on this terrible school. The faculty is a joke, they are incompetent when it comes to organization. The children are terrible in the school and there is nothing but drama in the school. Don't waste your time on this overpriced uneducating school. My daughter left here because the school was so terrible, the kids were so terrible and bullying bad and the faculty was even worse. She then moved to a public school that has very high student academic success scores and was so behind the first few months from Aquinas' lack of education. The school doesn't focus on your kids education, they focus on how much their pocketing from you. It's a joke don't waste your money. I would rate this 0 stars if I could. The parents are also over involved when it comes to their kids and sports. Doing whatever they can to make their kid the sports star.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 25, 2013

Administration is very slow and incompetent. The secretaries are very rude and easily stressed right when you step in the office. Especially the attendance office. They are very forgetful and irritable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2013

they're focused on students as a whole person, but more as academic 1st, good citizen 2nd, sports 3rd. I have had other kids in public school & I laugh @ what they call drama or problems here & never mind, everybody cares here & most every kid goes to a real college...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2011

I attend Aquinas and it is an alright school not the best academic wise, sports wise, or teacher wise. However it is a very close knit community making it very safe for everyone. There are virtually no fights and no bad substances, but a lot of drama between students. If your child does not play sports, does not do a lot of extra curricular activities, or have very good grades then Aquinas might just save them from not attending college. Then Aquinas is for your child. Sadly if your child does excel in most of these areas Aquinas will just weigh them down and limit their potential mostly because of the quality as SOME teachers and their veiws on how school life should be run.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 10, 2010

Aquinas is hands down the best college prep education in San Bernardino. The students expect to go to college, and counseling is geared toward making sure that all the necessary requirements are met. In response to some of the earlier posts, Aquinas offers drama, instrumental music, and art programs. Athletics include football, volleyball, tennis, cross country, basketball, soccer, wrestling, baseball, softball, track & field, and swimming. For a small school, that's a lot. In addition, there are a number of different clubs on campus, from Fishing to the Key Club. I am a proud Aquinas Alumnus and Aquinas parent!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2009

wonderful academics, great class size, more than 95% go to college. I went there for high school and it is ten times better now. The only draw back is the worship of the foorball team by falculty and players. The children are focused on college and good grades. All races are respected and the christian enviroment is not intrusive but lends to a community feeling for the students. I have one that had graduated there and two attending and two more to attend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 29, 2007

The teachers are what immpressed me, they are higly trained and the education is outstanding, classes are small and students are able to recieve individual attention if needed
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 5, 2007

This school does an great job of providing an excellent place for developing the whole person and preparing young people for college. The faculty cares about each and every one of those kids. There's plenty of sports opportunities, clubs etc. Responsibility, character and integrity are grown here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2005

I agree with the other parents review about not being fooled because its a private school. The eduacation is alot better then some of the public schools but it's not the best. For the money that you spend there you don't have alot offered. As you can tell I was not happy with this school that is why my child doesn't go there anymore.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2005

Excellent college preparatory private school! Most teachers are well expereinced but a few are green and don't last. Much better alternative to the local public schools which fail to challenge or prepare students adequately for college. It would be nice if there were more extracurricular activities offered e.g. band, but the school is small and unable to support all activities you may find at a public school. The major sports are represented at least. Academic counselors may not be equipped as well to identify students who need assistance or need and extra push to get to college. Don't be fooled though just becuasue it is a private catholic school. Many students get into the same trouble as public school kids but are better at hiding it.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 26, 2003

Exceptional teacher devotion to the students. A small enough school where everyone knows and looks out for everyone else. Student teacher ratio is around 20-1. Unheard of in California. For the last 3 years, all graduates have gone to college. Examples are Georgetown, Duke, Boston University, UCLA, Notre Dame, Berkely. This school has been great for my 2 kids.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 47% 52%
White 24% 26%
Two or more races 12% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 5% 1%
Black 3% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Catholic/Private Schools
Charter Schools
Public Schools
Percentage of students going to 2-year college 15% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 83% (2013)
Percentage of students going to the military 1% (2013)
Percentage of students going to vocational programs 1% (2013)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 0% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation UC/Cal State Universities
Catholic/Private Colleges/Univ
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Security personnel
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • The Sun Readers Choice Award (2013)
  • The Sun Readers Choice Award (2012)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Computer programming
Clubs
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Industrial / graphic design
Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Rock band
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Anime club
  • Art club
  • Dance club
  • Drama club
  • Drum line
  • Student newspaper
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language and culture club

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
Clubs
  • Cooking club
  • Yoga club

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Summer college prep programs
Clubs
  • Debate
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:45 am
School end time
  • 2:30 pm
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Jim Brennan
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman Catholic
Associations
  • NCEA

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
  • Technology
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Computer programming
  • Health Sciences
  • Industrial / graphic design

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Security personnel
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Summer college prep programs
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Rock band
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Anime club
  • Art club
  • Book/reading club
  • Chess club
  • Cooking club
  • Dance club
  • Debate
  • Drama club
  • Drum line
  • Foreign language and culture club
  • Game club
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Mock trial competition club
  • National Honor Society
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Technology club
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga club
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer time after school
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What are your chances?


7 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
140
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
200
Students typically come from these schools
Catholic/Private Schools
Charter Schools
Public Schools

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$6000 - $7000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
UC/Cal State Universities
Catholic/Private Colleges/Univ
College preparation / awareness offered
Summer college prep programs
SAT/ACT prep classes
College presentations or information sessions
College prep programs/courses during the year
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 15%
4 year college - 83%
Military - 1%
Vocational - 1%
Workforce - 0%
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2772 Sterling Avenue
San Bernardino, CA 92404
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Phone: (909) 886-4659

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